COMPLIT 122 - Writing World Literatures
Section: 004 Writing Maturing, Maturing as Writers
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Cost:
0
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
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Is maturing a journey? Where does it lead? Does it ever end? Is the road straight? perhaps circular? Is there a direction? Are we moving backward or forward as we mature? Perhaps both? Perhaps there isn’t even a road… Perhaps it is like opening a new window? Or putting on a different set of glasses…

In this course we will explore together the process of maturing, as a process of “re-translating” the world around us. We shall ask how growing up changes our interpretations of events, relations and social structures, discuss the ways categories such as gender, nationality, class and race shape the process of maturing, and explore issues of responsibility, choice and freedom.

Our exploration will mostly be a literary one. We will read stories about moving from childhood to adulthood from various cultures and times in an attempt to observe how concepts of "childhood," "adulthood, "and “maturing" are written in different contexts. Our readings will include works such as Frank Wedekind’s outrageous children tragedy Spring Awakening, in which adolescents at the turn of the 20th century are torn between their emerging sexuality and oppressive society, Ian McEwan’s Atonement, where growing up appears as a process of making up for childhood’s misinterpretations, short stories by Canadian author Alice Munro exploring the development of gender identity, and stories by Palestinian authors in which the process of maturing is affected by exile and occupation.

This is an intensive writing course designed to support students in developing their academic writing and critical thinking skills. Students will be asked to write and revise three essays during the course as well as write two short responses to the reading materials. Grades will be primarily based upon essays, responses, and class participation.

COMPLIT 122 - Writing World Literatures
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